So, I bought a new Acer Aspire One Netbook for my wife and for home use. It is a terrific little machine. It comes with Windows 7, 1gb RAM, a 160gb hard drive, 3 USB ports, external video jack, 10″ LCD screen, 100mb ethernet, WiFi, cam and a microphone for only $325. And it weighs just over 2 pounds.
But when I went to install my printer to the machine I ran into a problem. I have a HP LaserJet 1320TN at home. It has been a terrific printer. It has 2 trays and it prints on both sides of a page. It has never had a single problem. I think the printer is about 7 or 8 years old. So, I get out the CD that came with the printer and I copy it onto a thumb drive because the netbook does not have a CD drive. Then I try to install it but it just doesn’t work. The printer software is too old.
So, I went online and searched the HP website for an updated driver. All I could find was a generic driver and it would not allow me to select my different printer trays.
Windows 7 was NOT my idea.
What do I gain by getting yet another operating system from Microsoft? I do not see any new, compelling functionality that makes Windows 7 worth the loss of my printer. I can’t print to tray 2. I can’t print checks. My choice is to move paper around when I want to print, buy a new printer or hope that Microsoft or HP will develop a driver for my old printer.
I really wish Microsoft would STOP coming out with new operating systems!
Couldn’t agree with you more.
I tried in vain to acquire a network printer with windows7 on one laptop and it was like pulling teeth. In XP, it would be: right click, connect, DONE. I never DID get it working. Not to mention that they hid everything from us once again. I used to know where everything was. This is BETTER? Not.
Agreed… though 7 is good for the target market..college kids or the travel enriched. When it comes down to actual work in an home office environment, small to large business…I have heard the same things.. no drivers, yet the say all the OSs are backwards compatible. All in all…just part of the game to force people into buying newer things that are not needed. Epic failure.